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Yesterday, Michael Sansolo wrote a column about how The Loft may be self-destructing, and it carried the headline. "Suicide Ain't Painless."

Prompting one MNB reader to write:

Kevin, I find the headline 'suicide ain't painless' highly insensitive.  I get it refers to business but there are so many mentally fragile people in this world we live in now, that certainly a better choice of words could have been used.

Apologies if you were offended.

I thought that it was a clever - and appropriate, considering the column - headline that also was a movie reference - the theme song from M*A*S*H is entitled "Suicide Is Painless."  And you know how we love movie references around here.


We also reported yesterday that New Seasons Market and New Leaf Community Markets announced  that they will be no longer sell single-use bottles of water from all stores.  The change in policy is effective April 22, 2021 - Earth Day.

One MNB reader reacted:

This is the only way, along with consumer change, that the massive pollution from single use bottles will change.  I hope more retailers take note and make a greater move towards multi use beverage containers.  That will also help in the use of those damn plastic straws too. 


And finally, this note from MNB reader John Kemp:

I noticed this morning that the Covid-19 update section seems to be shrinking at a rapid rate.  Planning to take this as a sign there is hope on the horizon and cling to that. (smile)

I think so.  I hope so.  I look forward to the day when I don't have to write one at all.